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On hot days, at stop lights or creeping rush hour traffic

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the AC stops blowing cold...
on hot days, at stop lights or creeping rush hour traffic the AC stops blowing cold air and the interior heats up, AC resumes once speed picks up
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: traffic/stop and go lights
JA: What is the model/year of your Cadillac?
Customer: 2011 CTS
JA: Are you fixing your CTS yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: have not tried anything by myself, local shop cannot get the car to duplicate the problem because the outside temperature is not hot enough
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Cadillac
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Cadillac Mechanic: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 1 year ago

Sometimes this can be the result of the cooling fans not coming on or not coming on at high speed. When this happens the pressure will build up from the freon and the pressure switch will turn the compressor off. Then once you are cruising again, the air flow is better and the freon pressure drops and it allows the compressor to come back on.

I have also seen this happen if the cooling fins on the radiator and a/c condenser are full of dirt.

Have them check these as possible culprits.

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